Author: JP Massar

Carpenter Nails It.

The Supreme Court said today that just because you carry a cell phone doesn’t mean you’ve given up all your privacy rights. The Court held 5-4 that the practice of law enforcement being able to demand from cell phone service…

Oakland’s Cell Tower Simulator (Stingray) Policy is the Gold Standard.


Brian Hofer writes to the Oakland City Council, describing the Cell Phone Tower Simulator (aka Stingray) Use Policy the Oakland Privacy Advisory Committee and the Oakland Police arrived at.  The policy was adopted by the Oakland City Council at their February 7th, 2017, meeting.


There is no policy regarding cell site simulators in existence even remotely close to Oakland’s, as to the narrowness of allowable use, oversight, and transparent reporting. Although I was proud of what we accomplished with Alameda County in breaking new ground, the Oakland policy far exceeds all standards at the federal, state, or local level: